REEDSKI's SparkPeople Blog REEDSKI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A New Rule: No Chips (July 17, 2017) In the book The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler I learned to set rules. I need to keep true to my rule of not eating between meals (except planned healthy snacks) and it's time for me to make the concious decision to give up chips. I seriously don't even like them, I start eating them and can't stop, they zap my motivation, and are part of a complex emotional prison I must escape from to truly begin to enjoy life. <BR> <BR> I am not happy as an obese person. While I love losing, ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:40:36 EST I Like This Quote <img src=""> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 01:43:47 EST Time Flies <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These photos were taken just a very few minutes apart last night. <BR> <BR> We've had a busy day. I exercised 65 min. using SP videos, went shopping with my son's wife and baby. My son met up with us at a local coffee shop. (I had iced green tea...unsweetened). We sat outside under the trees. The ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:50:33 EST Sunsets on the Lake I try to take photos as often as I can of the sunsets on the lake but most of those photos are on my phone and I use my tablet for SP. I know I have photos in the Cloud somewhere. Someday I'll see if I can access my iphone Cloud photos on my Samsung tablet. Haha. I take babysteps with technology! <BR> <BR> I have an Apple tablet for work but I don't want to sync that with my phone! Ever! I took a photo of myself to refer back to when I've lost more weight. I'd never want anyone to ... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:29:44 EST Dandelion Days and Bike Brands <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Summer is a great season! It got a little humid yesterday due to heavy rain but the late afternoon and evening was great for an 11 mile bike ride. I had no idea how far we went until my sister told me. We had ridden against the wind to my niece's softball game. They lost 2-3 but she pitched well and made some good plays on third base! <BR> <BR> Wind had died down and we stopped to put... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:34:04 EST Sand <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took this photo and it made me think of a Hawk Nelson song Drops in the Ocean. And then I got to thinking about ways I've used or seen sand used. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you wanna know <BR> How far my love can go <BR> Just how deep, just how wide <BR> If you wanna see <BR> How much you mean to me <BR> Look at my hands, look at my side <BR> If you could count the times I'd say you are forgiven... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:41:17 EST Prayers Needed! I've lost 40-45 pounds since Jan. but in the past two days I think I've gained 10 pounds. (Need to get back to tracking every exercise and food morsel.) <BR> <BR> Is 10 pounds an exaggeration? I can only hope so. <BR> <BR> When people ask, "How are you doing it?" I say Sparkpeople and they think it's a magic pill and want to know how to order. When they hear it's a free online tool to track food and fitness, read articles, communicate with others on the same journey, and more, they lo... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:11:52 EST Comfortable Sandals and Athletic Shoes I'm a stickler for routine. I am the first to admit change is hard for me. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I suffered a bout of plantar faciitis. Someone recommended Easy Spirit shoes which I bought at the ES store in a local mall. For a few years I was loyal to ES. But, in my opinion, the quality of shoes I purchased there begin to slide. <BR> <BR> So, I headed across the road to the New Balance store. I became a steady NB customer for years until I felt their quality was declining. ... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:46:26 EST Winter, Spring, Summer, Fog: Driving into My Hometown I still need to get an autumn photo!!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:26:48 EST 3 Little Pigs Go Out to Dinner I found this in a blogpost I made many years ago. It made me chuckle again. <BR> <BR> Three Little Pigs went out to dinner one night. <BR> The waiter comes and takes their drink order. <BR> <BR> "I would like a Sprite," said the first little piggy. <BR> "I would like a Coke," said the second little piggy. <BR> "I want water, lots and lots of water," said the third little piggy. <BR> <BR> The drinks are brought out and the waiter takes their orders for dinner. <BR> <BR> "I want a ... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:04:28 EST Make This Choice, Not That! From the "It's Not Worth it File": So, I'm near an In and Out Burger after a doctor's appt. I think, "I can do this. I'll track when I get home." I kept it simple. Hamburger (no cheese, no grilled onions), an order of fries, and unsweetened ice tea. In retrospect I should've ordered it California (or protein style) with no bun, instead wrapped in lettuce AND no spread (the sauce). <BR> <BR> But I was not thinking healthy. My mind was in the, "I deserve this zone." 785 calories, 895 ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:50:18 EST Keep Candy Out of My Sight! 😄 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, funny story. My niece, who loves pinterest, made this candy arrangement for the 4th a while back. She left it at Grandma's house, where I'm staying, and headed over to her mom's to prepare for a yardsale. <BR> <BR> Another sister stopped by and I lamented that I have no willpower and I wish the candy display wasn't at mom's. She told me about an idea she heard at Weight Watchers to cove... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:41:15 EST Stress Relief Without Food I read a SP article by Dean Anderson, De-stress in 3 Minutes or Less. <BR> <BR> He stated how we sometimes have things going on inside our "minds where unreal scenarios are just waiting to get spun out of contol." Unfortunately, I have a schema which causes me to predict possible explanations, therefore my overthinking may be right on target, however, I will try hard to develop problem solving strategies to end the negative self talk that doesn't help. I will accept the clarity that the s... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:19:07 EST Chicken in the Crockpot Today I worked out twice and made chicken in the crockpot. It sure smelled good when I walked in the house. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:52:08 EST Coach Nicole DVD Today I did 54 minutes of the Coach Nicole 28 Day Bootcamp DVD. I actually have the DVD. Back when I first joined SP They used to have all kinds of contests. I was always winning things like stretchy cords, exercise balls, fitness dvds, lunch kits, etc. I loved it when the UPS man would show up with a package from SP. <BR> <BR> So, back to today. The video is 84 min. I skipped the 30 min. Total Body Challenge. I did the warm up, cardio burst, short cardio-sculpt, tone and burn, and t... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 15:48:25 EST Leslie Sansone Just over 1400 calories eaten today by me. However, I did 3 miles of a Leslie Sansone dvd plus the warm up and cool down for a total of 56 min. So, that was good. Hopefully it offset the calories in. <BR> <BR> I"m not going to get overly excited about this, but I slept the night through last night. Hope it continues. I thought with the weightloss and exercise I'd sleep better. I can fall asleep fine but wake up and have difficulty falling back asleep. It's difficult during the work we... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 01:36:12 EST More Info about the Presentation I Saw Last Night Human trafficking is a problem. It's a heavy topic. <BR> <BR> Tonight I attended an evening of prayer and informative presentations from people trying to help with the trafficking situation in our city. One speaker said nearly 100% of those trafficked are US citizens. 87.5% had come in contact with a healthcare provider. 1/2 of the cases of HIV are 13-24 year olds. <BR> <BR> Please pray for those who are trafficked. In Feb. I heard a woman in her early 30s speak about being traffick... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:40:05 EST An Evening of Prayer and Education for Those Being Trafficked Human trafficking is a problem. It's a heavy topic. Please pray for those who are trafficked. In Feb. I heard a woman in her early 30s speak about being trafficked when younger. She was one of the lucky ones who escaped and made a great life for herself. <BR> <BR> There are good people out there who are trying to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults being exploited. God bless them. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 01:18:19 EST Food is Fuel, not Therapy I read these words today, "Food is Fuel, not Therapy". <BR> <BR> At this junction in my life I truly need to look at food as fuel. Choosing wisely is important. I need to look at the quality of the food. How will it benefit my body? If it doesn't, I need to ask myself if I really want to eat it. <BR> <BR> By choosing food high in just the right combinations of fat, sugar, and/or sodium created by the food industry in order to increase cravings, I may enjoy the taste fleetingly but my... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 22:06:52 EST Stays Cold 24 Hours I bought a 34 oz. Reduce COLD-1. If I fill with ice and add preferably chilled water throughout the day it does keep the water cold all day. In fact, I woke up in the middle of the night, took a sip, and still heard ice rattling around in it. <BR> <BR> By morning the ice I had put in the previous morning had melted but the water was still cool. Today I am splurging on unsweetened ice tea. Since getting back on SP I mainly drink water but occassionally treat myself to a tea. <BR> <BR... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 19:51:42 EST Earth to Food Processing Businesses and Restaurants: Is There No Way You Can Cut the Salt? I posted this on the community feed but decided to post this info in a blog. I'm at the age where any extra sodium is detrimental to my health. <BR> <BR> This week I tried the Wendy's Mozarella and Grape Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken, large size with iceberg lettuce hidden under a few spinach leaves. <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories: 520 (ok, doable. I can track that) <BR> Protein: 41 g. (I like the sound of that!) <BR> Calcium: 35% (that is beneficial) <BR> Iron: 15% ( good) <BR> Carbs: 36 ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 13:26:25 EST Sometimes It's Difficult to Think of a Healthy Place to Eat I need to stop and get something for lunch. I left my salad in the fridge at home. You'd think in a large city there would be restaurants with better food choices. But every city in America basically looks the same. <BR> <BR> I'm not really hungry. Maybe I'll wait. If it's not the fat or high sugar that'll get me, it's the sodium. I usually go over my sodium. I do not know how a doctor can say, "No salt." with a straight face. <BR> <BR> I'm going out for breakfast with a friend tom... Wed, 31 May 2017 15:47:20 EST Recycle Fanatic I am a recycle fanatic. I don't understand how some family members just don't get it. One puts trash in the recycle and recyclable items in the trash container. I sound like a broken record explaining it again and again. I have some students who do the same thing but most are very responsible about recycling. We are doing it for their future. Someone once told me that in the future the dumps will be mined for metals that have been thrown away. Someone should start on that now. Ka-chin... Mon, 29 May 2017 21:03:34 EST Quitting Processed Sugar, Not for Everyone I have given up processed sugar treats because the cråvings became uncontrollable. I made a rule not to eat doughnuts, cookies, chocolate candy (think Twix and peanut M&Ms), brownies, etc. I know how to avoid hidden sugars but I still use ketchup occassionally and yogurt with stevia but I did the no sugar challenge, quit the yogurt with stevia (Dannon Oikas Greek Zero) and weight started dropping off! Not everyone has to make such a drastic cut as I have but while I love sugar, I realize fo... Sat, 27 May 2017 11:23:09 EST Hold the Mayo or Let it Be! I ate lunch with the principal, vice principal, and another teacher today. I ordered the BLT with cottage cheese. I am getting back to responsible eating out "without thinking" because I said, "May I have the mayo on the side?" (Good for me. Pat on the back. But nothing unusual, I always eat BLTs ith no mayo. Haha). The mayo looked disgusting so I "let it be". I actually haven't had a BLT in years. At home we'd use turkey bacon. Mayo at restaurants usually makes my stomach hurt and at... Sat, 27 May 2017 01:13:44 EST I won the 3 Ring Toss Today We had our final pep rally of the year. The teachers were asked to participate in two contests. The water balloon throw and the 3 ring toss. I actually won the three ring toss. It took forever. I got one ring on a bottle, eventually another, and then the third. It was actually exhausting throwing those rings until they made it. My 31 (yes, you read that correctly) students ran out onto the court and surrounded me. We were jumping up and down and screaming. <BR> <BR> I also won the w... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:48:54 EST 5 Crowns Card Game This man from Fountain Hills or somewhere in AZ created this card game called Five Crowns. My friend from Puerto Rico introduced it to me. I took it back home during a visit. Now we play it every time I am back home but the rest play it whether I am there or not. It's fun. Kids can play. It can become competitive. I used to see it at a hobby shop, then at Barnes and Noble. I think I saw it online through Target. My sister found a never before opened deck at Goodwill. I recommend it! Wed, 24 May 2017 00:34:58 EST Back on Track Today after Friend's Birthday Party Hiatus I Took Yesterday Making the decision to stay strong and get back on track immediately after eating beyond my calorie limit and imbibbing in a wine cooler and a half, is the best plan for me. <BR> <BR> I didn't do too badly, I think it was more the sodium in the catered food that I can blame for the scale going up. <BR> <BR> If I really focus I will do well enough to at least maintain at WW weigh-in this week. I do not want to go up, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday! <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:55:23 EST I Left a Party to Bike and Lift Weights, Then Going Back I am so weird. I'm at this major milestone birthday party for one of my dearest friends. I only live a mile and a half away. I came home to ride my bike. (3.5 miles, added to 8.5 this morning makes 12 miles.) I lifted weights for a short time. I couldn't help myself. I'm either delusional or committed or need to be committed. Heading back to party. I am splurging. It's catered, there's an open bar, and maybe I'll make it out to the dance floor for a line dance. Sat, 20 May 2017 23:21:33 EST Missing Weigh In We had a graduation the same evening as my regularly scheduled weekly WW meeting so I am weighing in this morning after my morning bike ride. I am ready for this! Sat, 20 May 2017 08:21:19 EST Vision Statement Question Everyone Should Answer One question you answer as you write your vision statement is, "What do I want my life to look like in (1, 5, 10) year (s)? Wow! Everyone should ask themselves this question. Everyone. And do it in writing! <BR> I need to think about this. Wed, 17 May 2017 08:26:08 EST Just a Little Thing I Made Online <img src=""> My cross prayer made on imagechef. <BR> The background photo is the road into my little "hometown". <BR> I love that view summer, fall, winter, and spring. <BR> It's beautiful! Mon, 15 May 2017 20:02:36 EST I recommend this Spark people article Lessons for All Walks of Life <BR> Basics for Success <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 May 2017 14:19:00 EST Swimmer's Promise Growing up with a lake in our backyard, I was in the water in May (Mom wouldn't let us go in the water until there was no R in the month.) 'til September. Of couse, there were years we would go wading and suddenly were pushing and splashing, which led to swimming, and Indian Summers kept us swimming long after school started (back when it started after Labor Day). And we boated, waterskiied, canoed, hung out on the neighbor's "raft", snowmobiled in the winter, and later jetskiied, paddleb... Sat, 13 May 2017 23:46:55 EST It's a Full Moon Tonight, I Hear <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hear from the community page that tonight is the full moon. I took this photo while out for a bike ride 2 days ago. I thought maybe last night was the full moon. I forgot my phone on my ride last evening but it looked pretty full then. I can't wait to see the moon tonight. Wed, 10 May 2017 20:29:38 EST Flossing I added flossing to my streak tracker. It has already paid off. My dental hygenist will be so proud of me. 😆 Tue, 9 May 2017 06:10:36 EST Corner Lot Blues My home is on a corner. I like it except when I have to do extra yardwork on what I call the side yard by the street. We had an unusually wet winter and the weeds sprang up like crazy. I went out and tackled that stretch again this morning. It's looking better. But it needs help from a professional. I have had my front and back yards desert landscaped to cut down on water usage and maintenance. I thought I would miss grass but I don't. I can see grass at the park or when I travel to ... Sun, 7 May 2017 11:30:25 EST 30 Pound Weightloss Yesterday at Weight Watchers I weighed in 30 pounds less than I weighed in January when I started! Actually at WW i have lost 30.8. On my SP tracker it's 30.1. It's fine, either way! Sat, 6 May 2017 17:33:32 EST 12 Mile Bike Ride 12 miles is the farthest I've been on my new bike. I got out early today and enjoyed the weather. Today it's only going to be 97 degrees. Yesterday it was 106! <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 6 May 2017 17:28:07 EST Christian Music I love listening to the Christian radio stations. The music is uplifting and helps me have a brighter outlook. A cd I recommend is Diamonds by Hawk Nelson. It's upbeat, great for walking. Fri, 5 May 2017 07:49:03 EST A Bra that Fits I struggle with finding a bra that fits. My son was so long his feet, while in the womb, pushed my rib cage out. Plus I'm from a family of big rib cages anyway but most have the cup size to match. But I am only a B cup. Even when I lose weight it's still a problem finding a bra that fits properly. But I still have pounds to go, and am looking forward to this problem getting resolved. 😁 Thu, 4 May 2017 01:40:21 EST Join a Challenge I recommend joining one of the SP challenges. I like to start exercise streaks. One time I went 93 days without breaking a daily exercise streak. SparkGuy motivated me. He encourages us to start a streak. Tue, 2 May 2017 23:30:53 EST My Bike I love my bike. I took it into the shop to get the gears adjusted and new inner tubes. Much better! It's getting hot so I'm trying to ride earlier in the day. So far, so good. <em>217</em> Tue, 2 May 2017 00:26:25 EST I'm Back! Ok, it has been a while. SparkPeople is very important to me. I lost 68 pounds using SP in the past. I gained most of that back but joined WW in January and have got back into Onderland in the past week. Praise God! I track my food and activity. I love to ride my bike and I hike or mall walk once in a while. I go to WW meeting to weigh in. It helps me be accountable. But SP is the best place for online support. I have never done this before but I will probably join a WW team. Hope... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:24:17 EST Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables See this Youtube video about how fruits and veggies, usually thrown out due to their appearance, have a new life by a French supermarket chain. It has dramatically cut down on waste and is such a success they have problems with the produce being sold out! <BR> <BR><BR>PE <BR> (The PE goes with the web address.) <BR> <BR> <BR> The ugly or misshapen fruits and veggies would normally be tossed out causing great amounts of food waste. The supermarket ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:02:57 EST This, That, and the Other. I've been away for a bit. We had 2 deaths in the family in the same week. An aunt on one side of the family and an uncle on the other. These were 2 of my many aunts and uncles I knew the best. They were actually the final 2 of all of my aunts and uncles. (Most of their spouses are still alive.) So sad for their families. We were prepared for one death but the other was a shock. <BR> <BR> I also planned and implemented 2 field trips. That takes a lot of work. They were fun but exhau... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:40:51 EST Food Addiction Here is a link to a question and answer article with Dr. David A. Kessler. <BR> He has helped me so much but recently I was forgetting all that he has taught me. An article in the March issue of Eating Well mentions his book so it reminded me that I have to listen to what he has to say. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/food_news/a_nation_addicted_to_food </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the article in Eating Well March 2011 thatreally hit home with me: <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:10:34 EST Link to a Slide Show for a Healthy Heart from Prevention<BR>thyheart/index.html <BR> <BR> I think this is a really good slide show. I posted it earlier today but I thought I'd re-post it so other people would get a chance to see and read it. <BR> <BR> There are things I am doing, things I need to do more often, and things I don't do that I need to start doing. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:23:18 EST From Prevention: Slide Show for a Healthy Heart <link><BR>hyheart/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:45:23 EST Health Link from <BR> <BR> Interesting info that most of us know about since we read Spark articles and blogs but it's always good to hear it from different sources which can help us recommit to eating healthy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erol/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=10<BR>0269549&page=1 </link> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:53:24 EST